Jerusalem sage, Phlomis russeliana. Photo: Getty Images.

Five plants for a dry coastal border

Discover five gorgeous plants that will thrive in dry, sandy soil.

Dry, sandy soils can quickly leach moisture and nutrients, but they have the advantage of being easy to dig. Plus, they can be worked at any time of the year and warm up quickly in spring.

Most coastal gardens have dry, sandy soils but there are also many areas inland with similar conditions. Some of us might have areas of thin soil within our plots or gardens, such as in the rain shadow under the eaves of a roof, on a fast-draining bank or raised bed, or perhaps a new-build site with a thin layer of topsoil spread over rubble.

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